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Unveiling of Statue Honoring SEC Trailblazers Set for Sept. 22

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The statue honoring the four players who broke the color barrier in Southeastern Conference football – Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg – will be unveiled at an event at the site of the statue on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The event will be open to the public.

The statue commemorates the playing careers and lives of the first four African-American football players in SEC history. It will be located on a pedestal in the plaza between the new Kentucky Football Training Facility and Commonwealth Stadium, positioned to remind fans, coaches and players of the incredible contributions made by Northington, Page, Hackett and Hogg to the University of Kentucky, the SEC and college football on a national level.

Could Trae Young be UK’s first 2017 commit?

Trae Young

Trae Young

By LARRY VAUGHT

Who is going to be the first player in the 2017 recruiting class to commit to Kentucky and coach John Calipari?

My guess is Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, a player who has seemed to be the top priority for Calipari in this class for over a year. He can handle the ball, shoot from long range and pass to set up others for easy shots.

He also has superior quickness that Calipari loves in point guards and has the ability to finish at the rim, another trait that Calipari wants in his  point guard.

Not protecting football “inexcusable”

Stephen Johnson (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Stephen Johnson got his first chance to play quarterback for Kentucky in last week’s loss at Florida  in relief of starter Drew Barker. Just like Barker, he had trouble with the Gator defense.

“He did some good things. The first quarterback run was really good by him. The second one, not so good,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said. “You’ve got to protect the football. And at the end of the day, that’s what we’ve got to do, that’s what we talk to all of our quarterbacks about is we can’t have any more turnovers.

New Mexico State kicker earns Lou Groza Star of Week

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, college football’s top kicking award presented by the Orange Bowl. Each week the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers from FBS division teams as the “Stars of the Week.”

One of those this week is sophomore kicker Parker Davidson. His first career four field goal performance was crucial to New Mexico State’s 32-31 come-from-behind victory over New Mexico in the Rio Grande Rivalry in Las Cruces, NM last Saturday.

Eliot: UK defense can’t make right checks, adjustments

D.J. Eliot

D.J. Eliot

By LARRY VAUGHT

Want to know what is wrong with the Kentucky defense?

Well, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot has the answer — but I am not sure UK fans will like it.

“The biggest issue that we’ve had is we haven’t been able to execute what we call. We haven’t been able to execute and run the defense effectively and make the right checks, make the right adjustments, get in the right spots. That’s been one of our problems, I think more than we anticipated,” Eliot said Wednesday.

Not get in the right spots? Not make the right checks?

Lin Dunn will join us on WPBK-FM; J.D. Shelburne will be on WKYB-FM

Lin Dunn will join me and Tim Estes on WPBK-FM Thursday morning. (Evan Crane Photo)

Lin Dunn will join me and Tim Estes on WPBK-FM Thursday morning. (Evan Crane Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If you have not had a chance to get to know new Kentucky women’s basketball assistant coach Lin Dunn, make sure to join myself and Tim Estes on WPBK-FM (107.5) or wpbkfm.com Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. when she will be our guest.

She has over 40 of coaching experience, including the WNBA where she led the Indiana Fever to the 2012 championship. Her collegiate experience includes Austin Peay, Mississippi, Miami and Purdue. She has also coached in the Olympics and is already in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Stoops, Gran believe Landon Young showed “flashes of real talent” against Florida

Landon Young (Savanah Stevens Photo)

Landon Young (Savanah Stevens Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Cole Mosier hurt his ankle early in Saturday’s loss at Florida, true freshman  Landon Young got his first opportunity to play.

Both coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran seem pleased with how he fared, especially considering the way the UK offense struggled as a unit.

“He did some good things. He showed the talent that we knew he had for a young guy. Obviously, he got thrown into the mix playing at left tackle in The Swamp when you are getting beat. That is not exactly how you want to enter a game,” Stoops said.

Bobby Perry Band part of UK pregame concert series Oct. 22

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky football pregame concert series will continue for the remainder of the 2016 season with bands and performers all with ties to the Bluegrass State.

Concerts will begin on the stage outside Gate 12 of Commonwealth Stadium immediately following the Cat Walk presented by Chevy and last until 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The Cat Walk takes place two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff.

Gran likes running backs’ attitudes

Boom Williams (Vicky Graff Photo)

Boom Williams (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With the way Kentucky’s offense has struggled the last six quarters, one would think UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran might want to get the ball to more people, or maybe different players, Saturday against New Mexico State.

“Whoever we pick to go, they’ve got to do their job. If we get other guys involved then we can go. I like right now where our running backs are in terms of their attitude and getting some of those guys in there, keeping those guys fresh,” Gran said.

UK has 7 home games in 2017, including Eastern Kentucky

king-tells-fans-getupBIRMINGHAM, Alabama (September 13, 2016) – The Southeastern Conference today announced the football schedules for all 14 SEC schools for the 2017 season.

With 13 playing weekends, the 2017 schedule includes one open date for each team and conference contests scheduled each week beginning the second weekend of September.

Each SEC team will play eight conference football games to include six games against division opponents and two games against non-division opponents.  One of the non-division opponents will be a permanent annual opponent and the other non-division opponent will rotate each year.

 

KENTUCKY

Sept. 2             at Southern Mississippi